FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 09/25/2019
On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Congress would open a formal impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Donald Trump. Recent reports revealed that Trump withheld $400 million in appropriated military aid to Ukraine shortly before he spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky by phone in July.
According to news reports, Trump and Zelensky spoke by phone to discuss “corruption” in Ukraine in connection to former Vice President Joe Biden and his son just days after the Ukrainian military aide was withheld. The contents of discussion were so alarming that it prompted a whistleblower complaint from the intelligence community. A complaint that has since– seemingly illegally– been withheld from Congressional Committees.
At present 204 Democrats– including all of Maryland’s congressional Democrats– support an impeachment inquiry. Maryland’s lone Republican congressman, Rep. Andy Harris, has yet to take a public position on the matter.
Maryland Democratic Party Chair Maya Rockeymoore Cummings congratulated Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats for defending American Democracy and the rule of law:
“I commend Speaker Pelosi and the Maryland congressional delegation for supporting an impeachment inquiry that defends the rule of law and provides the necessary checks and balances to the Executive Branch as the Framers of the Constitution intended. The American people cannot– and will not– stand idly by as Donald J. Trump destroys our Democracy for his personal and political benefit.”
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